Snow slows Valentine’s Day deliveries

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Snow on Valentine’s Day may look pretty, but it’s the last thing florists want to see.

At Steve’s Flowers and Gifts in Indianapolis, workers hustled during the morning hours to take care of customers in the store and customers who ordered flowers online or over the phone.

Owner Steve Huth says he employs 13 drivers to help with the  Valentine’s Day rush.  Over a 48-hour period, the drivers will make between 700 and 1,000 deliveries.

“If the weather gets bad, then things slow down and we can’t get everything out,” said Huth.  “Customers get a little angry because we don’t get there on time.”

Huth says he stops taking delivery orders at noon an Valentine’s Day.  He sent his drivers out right away to give them a head start on the incoming weather.

“It’s been great yesterday and today (Valentine’s day).  I hope the roads aren’t an issue tonight,” said Mike Brummett, a delivery truck driver for Steve’s Flowers and Gifts.

With the winter weather approaching, drivers like Brummett were in a race against the clock.  Their goal is to have everything delivered by 7 p.m. at the latest.

By noon on Valentine’s Day, the snow was falling fast and steady.  Traffic began backing up.   Brummett didn’t seem bothered by the snow, just focused on the delivery.

“Take it in stride. It’s sort of like the mailman,” said Brummett.

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